Mali conditions deteriorating - Red Cross

2012-10-16 20:20

Fighting, flooding and soaring food prices have worsened the humanitarian situation in northern Mali, where 420 000 people have begun to receive vital aid.

$3.9bn to prevent East Africa famines

2012-04-06 12:01

International donors say they won't allow a repeat of last year's Horn of Africa famine and are gearing up to spend billions of dollars on programs to help communities withstand cyclical droughts.

W Africa faces hunger crisis

2012-02-19 09:54

Top United Nations officials say 10 million people need help amid a food crisis in West Africa's Sahel region.

Food crisis in Mauritania amid drought

2012-02-10 11:28

A food crisis in Mauritania as a result of drought is expected to be three times worse than in 2010, when the Sahel was crippled by food shortages, WFP says.

Erratic rains threaten food output

2011-11-24 17:45

Rainfall patterns in southern Africa are becoming erratic as climate change takes its toll, threatening long-term production of staple and cash crops in the region.

250 000 face starvation in Somalia

2011-11-18 16:30

Hunger and drought is receding in Somalia, but 250 000 people remain on the verge of "imminent starvation", the UN says in a new assessment.

US slams Somali guerrillas over famine

2011-10-25 11:19

US Vice President Joe Biden has sharply criticised the Islamist Shabaab rebels over Somalia’s famine, saying that the group has hindered efforts to bring food to the hungry.

Aid work curtailed at Kenyan camp

2011-10-14 15:30

The UN has temporarily suspended all non-lifesaving operations in the world’s biggest refugee camp following the kidnapping of two Spanish aid workers near the Kenya-Somalia border.

UN worries over renewed Somali clashes

2011-10-04 12:38

The UN says renewed clashes between opposing armed groups in Somalia are exacerbating the already severe humanitarian situation in that country.

Donors spend millions on starving Kenyans

2011-09-09 09:54

International donors are spending nearly half a billion dollars to feed starving Kenyans, even after tens of millions of dollars went missing in a string of corruption scandals within the country.

750 000 'facing death' in Somalia - UN

2011-09-05 22:17

Three-quarters of a million people are facing death by starvation in Somalia, the UN says.

Somali famine victims flee to Yemen

2011-08-27 13:07

The UN says there has been a jump in the number of Somalis, hit by famine, instability and high food prices, who are fleeing to Yemen instead of other countries in the drought-ridden Horn of Africa region.

SA aid to Somalia exceeds R20m

2011-08-25 08:44

Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe says that although it's difficult to quantify, South Africa's contribution to relief efforts in Somalia has exceeded R20m so far.

Moral obligation to aid Horn of Africa

2011-08-24 17:07

EU foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton has urged world governments to meet a moral obligation to pump new emergency aid into the drought-hit Horn of Africa.

Africa to pledge funds for drought crisis

2011-08-23 11:12

African leaders are set to meet to pledge funds to tackle the famine in Somalia and extreme drought across the Horn of Africa which are putting millions of people at risk of starvation.

Unicef: 300 000 kids risk death in E Africa

2011-08-20 12:33

More than 300 000 children in the Horn of Africa are severely malnourished "and in imminent risk of dying" because of drought and famine, the head of Unicef says.

Turkish plane scrapes Mogadishu runway

2011-08-19 10:49

A visit to Somalia by Turkey’s prime minister has taken off on a rough start after the wing of a plane carrying a delegation accompanying him scrapped the tarmac while landing at Mogadishu airport.

E Africa conference focuses on future

2011-08-19 08:01

The agriculture minister of drought-hit Kenya has appealed for seeds, irrigation plans and infrastructure to avoid a repetition of famine and food crises in the Horn of Africa “every two tears”.

400 000 Somali kids at risk of death

2011-08-18 08:57

Britain says hundreds of thousands of children could starve to death in Somalia if the international community doesn’t ramp up its response to the famine there.

Fraud won't affect Somalia aid: UN

2011-08-16 13:00

The World Food Programme says it has no plans to reduce aid to Somalia following allegations that international food shipments there are being diverted.

SA aid criticism unfair, dept says

2011-08-15 17:30

Criticisms of South Africa's response to the drought and famine in the Horn of Africa are unfair and ill-informed, the department of international relations and co-operation says.

E Africa: China pledges $55m in aid

2011-08-15 17:17

China’s premier Wen Jiabao has pledged $55.3m in food aid to African countries suffering their worst drought in years.

Cholera epidemic in Somalia, says UN

2011-08-12 20:45

World Health Organisation officials say famine-hit Somalia faces a cholera epidemic as dirty water and poor sanitation are leading to an increase in outbreaks of the disease.

Mass vaccination in Ethiopian camp

2011-08-12 08:47

Medical charity Doctors Without Borders have launched a mass vaccination against measles at a refugee camp in southern Ethiopia hosting Somalis who have fled a severe drought.

Famine: Somali children struggle

2011-08-11 11:12

In drought-ravaged Somalia where food is scarce, three-year-old Ibrahim is so severely malnourished he weighs less than 8kg about the same as an 8-month-old baby.


Niger villagers try to overcome famine

2012-06-15 20:16

In Niger, one of the poorest countries of the world, famine is a constant threat, but programmes have been developed that are changing people's lives.

1.5m kids face Sahel hunger disaster

2012-03-16 22:11

Up to 1.5 million children under 5 living in Africa’s Sahel region risk severe malnutrition if famine warnings are ignored, the UN says.

UN aid chiefs call for $725m in Sahel

2012-02-15 22:33

United Nations and European Union aid chiefs have called for "urgent" assistance for West Africa's drought-hit Sahel region, saying it needed $725m this year.

Slow response to Africa famine 'cost lives'

2012-01-18 11:24

Thousands of people in East Africa died needlessly because the international community failed to respond to early warnings of famine, Oxfam and Save the Children say.

Somali famine victims afraid to return home

2011-11-23 11:06

Four months after the UN declared famine in much of Somalia, some regions are beginning a slow recovery from the disaster, but many Somalis are afraid to return home.

Kenyan military action slows refugee flow

2011-10-26 19:22

The United Nations says the number of famine refugees flowing into Kenya slowed to a trickle after Kenyan troops moved into Somalia.

US increases food aid to Horn of Africa

2011-10-25 09:07

The US is increasing food aid to drought-hit and strife-torn Horn of Africa nations where millions of people are at risk of starvation and malnutrition, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says.

E Africa drought: Pope urges concrete aid

2011-10-05 13:11

Pope Benedict XVI has urged the international community to offer concrete aid for the drought and famine-struck Horn of Africa region, where more than 13 million need aid.

US keeps aid out of Somali rebels' hands

2011-09-23 13:11

The US is using a controversial money-transfer system to deliver aid directly to Somali famine victims and keep it out of the hands of militants.

Somalia: 5 killed during food aid handout

2011-09-09 09:54

A Somali soldier has killed five people and wounded three others in the famine-struck Somali capital, as starving women and children gathered for food aid handouts, witnesses say.

Famine declared in new Somali region

2011-09-05 11:24

Famine spread to a sixth southern Somalia region and will likely extend further in the coming four months with 750 000 people at risk of death, the UN says.

Africa fundraises for drought crisis

2011-08-25 12:10

African leaders are holding a fund-raising conference in Ethiopia in a bid to plug a $1.1bn shortfall in aid for millions facing starvation in the Horn of Africa’s worst drought in decades.

AU to hold delayed famine fundraiser

2011-08-25 07:46

The AU is set to hold a much delayed summit to raise money to ease the Horn of Africa’s famine after mounting criticism over the continent’s weak response to the disaster.

Harsh weather adding to plight of Somalis

2011-08-23 13:43

The UN refugee agency says unseasonably harsh weather is adding to the plight of some 1.4 million people displaced by Famine in Somalia.

Somalia: NGOs facing aid delivery nightmare

2011-08-22 11:10

Somalia is the world’s most challenging terrain for aid workers, according to the head of Doctors Without Borders, one of many groups scrambling to contain the ravages of a historic drought.

UN needs $1bn for East Africa

2011-08-20 09:30

The UN's emergency aid co-ordinator has called for another $1bn in donations to aid drought victims in Somalia and the general region of East Africa.

$130m needed in Horn of Africa

2011-08-19 09:21

At least $130m is needed in urgent humanitarian assistance to tackle the famine in the Horn of Africa, international agricultural experts say.

Horn of Africa food crisis 'shameful'

2011-08-18 13:20

A worsening food crisis affecting more than 12 million people in the Horn of Africa is unacceptable and should make the world feel ashamed, the UN says.

OIC vows to donate $350m to Somalia

2011-08-18 07:48

Members of the Organisation of Islamic Co-operation have promised to donate $350m as a relief for the famine that has hit Somalia, in an emergency meeting in Turkey.

SANDF provides plane for aid delivery

2011-08-15 21:19

A South African military aircraft will deliver 18 tons of supplies to famine victims in Somalia, aid group Gift of the Givers says.

Somali refugees 'dump' babies at camp

2011-08-15 17:17

Some parents fleeing conflict and famine in Somalia are abandoning their babies after arriving at the vast refugee complex at Dadaab, Kenya, a report says.

Relief groups boost Mogadishu aid delivery

2011-08-13 20:04

UN humanitarian chief Valerie Amos says relief groups are ramping up aid delivery to tens of thousands of people affected by famine and drought in Somalia's war-riven capital Mogadishu.

Africa drought: US the biggest donor

2011-08-12 12:19

A UN list of countries donating aid money to the Horn of Africa famine shows that the US is by far the biggest donor, having given about $580m in aid this year.

UN: Somali women risk being raped

2011-08-12 07:42

A UN envoy has expressed concern over reports of sexual attacks against Somali women fleeing famine.

Drought: Somali refugees pack capital

2011-08-11 10:01

Thousands of Somali refugees, fleeing famine and years of violence, have streamed into Mogadishu searching for food after Islamist rebels withdrew from the capital.

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